August 26, 19:00 GMT
Real Madrid were expected to sweep aside Valencia and give a tough fight to Barcelona. However a stuttering draw which saw a valid Soldado goal ruled out for offside in the season opener was quick to dampen Madridista’s hopes. A very flattering result 3-2 against Barcelona only served to hide the fact that Real Madrid are not yet quite ready for the season yet. Then again this can be interpreted as the luck and desire of the champions where the capability to grind out something out of absolutely nothing counts in the long run.
Real still have everything to play for in the Supercopa and even a 2-1 victory will see them claim the pre-season bragging rights. In several ways Getafe is the younger brother of Real Madrid wherein several Madrid players have made the journey across the town to play for ‘El Geta‘.
Team News And Tactical Brief
Getafe have lost their last seven encounters with Real Madrid and may seem like an easy opponent. However, this fixture is anything but easy. Barring one game out of last five, Getafe have always made life tough for Real Madrid. They have put six past Real Madrid defense in five games and this trend seems to be set to continue.
Miguel Torres once again faces his boyhood club whereas Pedro Leon has been barred from playing against Real Madrid due to a “pissing in your pants” clause. Pablo Sarabia is also unavailable through injury. Miku is definitely the man to watch out for as he scored a brace against Real Madrid plus his willing to work for the team and pace can cause troubles for the Real Madrid backline. Also of interest will be Lafita who is a seasoned La Liga veteran and knows Real Madrid well. He is a very versatile midfielder and is capable of fair amount of trickery as well as pace. This is where Khedira will be required to watch out for complacency and ensure that Lafita does not get enough time on the ball.
As is the trend nowadays, teams have warmed up to the idea of a double pivot and Michel and Lacen together will want to halt Ozil and prevent him from making an impact in the hole behind the striker.
Probable Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1): Moya; Valera, Alexis, Abraham, M Torres; Michel, Lacen; Barrada, Lafita, Castro; Miku
Real Madrid have never won a clasico in recent years without Pepe and this shows the importance of the man to the capital side. Pepe is back after a nasty injury and he may play some part in the game to get some fitness back, but it is unlikely that he will be starting this match.
Sahin has left for Anfield and this reduces some of the congestion in the midfield. It is likely Lassana Diarra might start ahead of Granero, although against a decidedly inferior opponent, the logic of such a change is dubious at best. Di Maria played only one half and it is likely he will start this match. Benzema failed to impress against Barcelona and consistent with Mourinho’s rotation policy Higuain will start. The one-dimensional nature of Diarra’s play will rob the Real Madrid midfield of some vital creativity and this will place an additional burden on Alonso.
Probable starting Eleven (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Albiol, Marcelo; Diarra, Alonso; Ozil, Di Maria, Ronaldo; Higuain;
Players To Watch
As stated earlier Diarra starting will create a lot of problems for Real Madrid. Ozil too is likely to be neutralized by Michel and Lacen. It is at this moment, Real Madrid will need their man Xabi Alonso to provide that something extra that will make the whole world of a difference.
An assist or a key pass can be expected from the Basque who will look to dominate the proceedings.
Miku may not be as imposing as Drogba or Carroll in the box but he is a fairly built player who has got a fair bit of pace in his legs. He will look to latch on to long balls and put a goal or two past the best goalkeeper in world: Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas.
Getafe 1 – 3 Real Madrid
This is a massive massive fixture for Real Madrid as they will be behind by 5 points by the time this game kicks off. Any more slip-ups and the prospect of playing catch up to Barcelona for the entire season does not seem very enticing. Real Madrid are unlikely to keep a clean sheet but are also unlikely to be kept quiet. Getafe too will not want to sit back and a goal or two are not entirely out of the scope. A 2 goal difference seems to be the order of the day.
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